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Man with previous arrest records face sentencing — again
A Kodiak man who has been sentenced to jail twice in 2012 and again arrested on unrelated charges last year will be sentenced Friday on charges involving criminal trespass. Julian Valdez will face sentencing before Judge Steve Cole at 3:30 p.m., court documents show. Other than the charges of criminal trespass in the second degree, which is a class-B misdemeanor, the 28-year-old Valdez was also charged on May 12 l...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Council voices support for letter that could lead to new development
The Kodiak City Council voiced support for a letter to encourage the federal government to pay for the cleanup of a contaminated area that Natives of Kodiak wants to develop. NOK owns property in Swampy Acres and said in an email to the city that when the land was given to NOK under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, NOK was unaware that the property was contaminated. “They’ve got environmental contamination...
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Kodiak’s Pickled Willys gets top prize — in three cities
Bill Alwert of Pickled Willys says he was tickled pink over his black cod tips. “It was pretty neat doing this,” he said. “There were a lot of other people out there.” Alwert was referring to the Alaska Symphony of Seafood, an annual contest for new products made from Alaska seafood, which declared Pickled Willys’ black cod tips winner in the People’s Choice category for all three venues — Seattle, Juneau and Anch...
Feb 25, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak breaks two weather records
Kodiak broke a daily rainfall record and a daily high-temperature record over the past few days. On Friday, Kodiak received 2.32 inches of rain, beating the old record of two inches. On Sunday, Kodiak saw a record high of 45 degrees, although there is an unofficial high temperature of 46 degrees recorded in 1944. Unofficial weather records in Kodiak stretch back to the 1800s, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rush announces retirement
Don Rush, administrator at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, has announced plans to retire. Don has served in Kodiak for the last 12 years, leading a high-performing team that brought positive change, financial stability and growth in services during his tenure. His legacy is the culture he fostered through humble leadership and the dedicated people of Providence who continue to provide excellent and compas...
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Assembly identifies federal priorities
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly designated their top federal program priorities and adopted a single project on their federal capital improvement program list. The lone project was the Kodiak landfill wastewater treatment plant. The borough is requesting $1,825,000 toward the $16 million project. The borough attributes the need to new Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation requirements necessitating th...
Feb 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Finance update, employee of the year at borough meeting
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly got a finance department update and named construction inspector and engineer Dave Conrad as the borough’s employee of the year for 2014. “Dave works closely on two very busy projects, the Kodiak High School addition and renovation project and more closely on the Kodiak Island Borough lateral landfill expansion and closure project,” borough manager Bud Cassidy said. “Dave was ori...
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'Ghost' pots capture up to 37 percent of Womens Bay crab says study
At the bottom of Womens Bay lie an undetermined number of derelict crab pots that are catching and killing king crab. According to a study published in 2014, anywhere from 16 to 37 percent of the king crab with shells over 40 millimeters in Womens Bay are killed by ghost fishing pots. Biologists Peter Cummiskey and Eric Munk and analyst Chris Long with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied th...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Could Alaska workplaces go smoke free?
A bill to make public places and workspaces in Alaska smoke-free is undergoing the state legislative process, and it got a vote of support from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly at their last meeting. Senate Bill 1, “An act prohibiting smoking in certain place,” was originally sponsored by Kenai Peninsula Sen. Peter Micciche, but Kodiak area Sen. Gary Stevens has since signed on as a sponsor along with four other...
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Drug dealers penetrate Kodiak
It’s a scene not often seen in Kodiak: Federal agents and deputized law-enforcement officers, guns drawn, surround a home on Hemlock Street before an entry team with loaded firearms rushes into the living room, kicks open a locked bedroom door and places three men in handcuffs. Saturday morning, Feb. 7, was the homeowner’s birthday. She was cooking, preparing for well-wishers. Her 4-year-old daughter was in the li...
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